I’ve never been a morning person. It’s always been so hard to go to bed before midnight and wake up before 9AM. But I realize I get so much more stuff done in the morning, so I challenge myself to be an early riser. Here are 5 things I’ve been doing that helped me become a morning person. If you’re on the same boat whether you want to get up early or not, but you need to, give some of these a try!
Ease into your bedtime
Set your bedtime (I set mine to be 10PM). That is the hour you have to be in bed. Then plan you evening backwards. Half an hour before would be when you need to brush your teeth, wash your face, change into your pajamas. Then leave yourself an hour or two before that to relax, wind down and get in the sleepy mood. Listen to relaxing music, take a warm bath, go for a light walk, maybe read a book, practice a light yoga session. Give yourself time to adjust to the sleeping schedule. And then when it’s time to fall asleep, it won’t be like you’re trying to fight a battle with your brain.
Prepare for the morning, on the night before
Have you ever rushed out the door in the morning after stuffing whatever’s on your desk into your backpack, going crazy looking for that lab notebook because you have no idea where you put it? Yet you then have to turn around halfway to school or work because you left some important papers at home? Well, be more prepared! Give yourself 10-15 minutes each night to pack your backpack or briefcase. Have everything ready to go. You can also prepare your lunch, iron your outfit for tomorrow. Take some time the night before and it will save you the headaches in the morning.
Have a cup of coffee
Dylan and I recently celebrated our 4th year of moving in together, so we got ourselves the new Keurig brewer from Amazon! We’ve been loving it but the one thing we didn’t like is it limits our choices to k-cups only (with a Keurig label). We basically couldn’t brew a cup of the coffee we like from our favorite local coffee shop. But like the answer to our prayers, we were sent these ekobrew cups, basically reusable k-cup filters that you can use to brew your favorite coffee and have a fresh cup of joe every time.
With ekobrew cups, I love that you can choose ANY coffee, any flavor, ground or grind it yourself. And every time you brew, it’s a fresh cup (vs. the packaged pods that have sit on the shelves for months). And because ekobrew cup is reusable, it helps save so much money on our coffee budget and it’s environmental friendly. So with ekobrew, you can save money, you can choose your own coffee, and you are eco-friendly, what else can you ask for?
These ekobrew cups will be available for purchase at Walmart in September, so be sure to look for them in the coffee aisle! I’ve also teamed up with ekobrew for a giveaway to give one lucky winner a $250 gift card to spend at Walmart. You can enter using the widget at the end of this post.
Get ready to your favorite music
Have a “morning” playlist on your phone. Maybe turn on the radio and listen to your favorite talk show while getting ready. In college, I used to listen to this radio talk show in the morning. It was silly but funny. They played light and fun games that I could play along while getting my hair and makeup done. It’s a great way to warm up your brain too after a good night of rest.
If you do something good, reward yourself! Trick your brain into wanting to get up early because you’re going to get something you want later. I love cheese danishes from Costco so I would buy the 6-pack and have one a day in the morning with my coffee. What do you like? Maybe you like to read? Buy yourself a book at the end of the week if you get up early every morning of that week. Set a goal, set a prize and go get it!
*Thank you ekobrew for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.*
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